Post in forums a lot? BBCode is for you

In: Mozilla

1 Jul 2004

Came across another neat Firefox extension: BBCode. BBCode adds a list of menu choices to the right-click context menu, allowing you to quickly add BBCode (explained in the phpBB BBCode guide) to your posts (actually, the BBCode context menu appears in all textual input fields).

One of the simplest of things it does is allow you to quickly bold, italicize, or format selected text. Just select “Bold” (or whatever formatting option you wish to use) from the context menu (right-click):

Screenshot of BBCode bold option


Bam! Your selected text is formatted:

Screenshot of BBCode after using bold option


Changing the color of the text also works as in most places, popping up a JavaScript dialog:

Screenshot of BBCode after using color option


Screenshot of BBCode during use of color option


But what’s a real keeper, is what’s found under the “Clipboard” sub-menu. With this, you can copy a piece of text you want to quote, or a URL to an image/webpage, and then have it formatted as quoted text, or as an URL in BBCode. If you post in BBCode, you’ll know how much of a hassle this can sometimes grow to be.

Screenshot of BBCode make selection URL option


With “http://blog.codefront.net/” in my clipboard, BBCode formats it nicely so that I don’t have to.

Screenshot of BBCode make selection URL result


Excellent work by Jed Brown, who also recently wrote GMailCompose, which is another context menu extension that allows you to compose a reply in GMail when clicking on mailto: links.

27 Responses to Post in forums a lot? BBCode is for you

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Jakob

July 1st, 2004 at 2am

Looks promising, I admin the forums of my guild so I’m guessing this might prove useful to me.

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Jed

July 1st, 2004 at 7am

Thanks for posting about BBCode, glad you like it.
Would you mind I stoll your screenshots for my extension list?

On another note, hopefully by tonight I’ll release a new version of GMailCompose that works with the standard left-clicking (optional, on by default).

-Jed

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Cheah Chu Yeow

July 1st, 2004 at 9am

Jed: Sure, feel free to grab them off the site. Looking forward to that GmailCompose left-click thingie too!

Thanks!

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Elegyr

July 11th, 2004 at 1am

Very nice job…

There was no way to escape from using IE because of my over-posting in forums IPB/PhpBB…. From now on, as it handles the issue, I may get rid of IE for while :)…

One more thing would be nice… – I know, I’m asking a lot – some function that include smileys’ code and the [list][/list function as well.

This version is nice anyway. Thanks Jed !

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John Smith

July 16th, 2004 at 1am

[color=red]nice[/color]

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Margueritte

August 8th, 2004 at 11pm

exists in french?

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Kropotkine

August 18th, 2004 at 7am

Oui ca existe en francais sur http://smilissimo.free.fr

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ubiquitous minghong - My Blogger

July 1st, 2004 at 4am

mailto: -> Gmail!
Thanks Cheah Chu Yeow! I found this useful Firefox extension, which adds a “GMail Compose” link to the context menu for mailto: links and text addresses, from his post about Firefox BBCode extension.

Thanks man! Believe it or not, my friend Kwan a…

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Bryce

August 31st, 2004 at 3pm

This is a wonderful hack. Though, one thing I’d love to see added is a feature to add your own bbcode’s. I’m on a few different forums in which admins have come up with their own hacks and are not published. Would be nice to be able to add them to the drop-down menu for easier use.

Also, how about adding a selection to add the IMG tag?

Other then that. BRAVO and great extension. I’ll be keeping an eye out for updates.

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Bryce

August 31st, 2004 at 3pm

Whoops, didn’t see the options under clipboard. So please disreguard the comments about the image tag.

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ting

September 5th, 2004 at 1pm

[color=green][size=14][b]thank you very much![/b][/size][/color]

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anonymous

September 25th, 2004 at 1am

Im a newbie to Mozilla firefox. I do use forums quite often but I have been unable to use the extension in this one particular forum. Could it be something to do with the forum ? What could possibily cause this? if you can help then I might be able to notify the administrators there about it. thanks

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Winter Lion

October 6th, 2004 at 2am

[[color=#FF0000]quote=”Winter Lion”]Silent Bob, you are the man I saw in that studly pic of a minor actor in BAnd of brothers. That loyal quiet beauty in the face of annilation and the love of ones brothers is in you, an early gift from your parents.
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Be happy knowing your real worth is beyond someones temporary outer beauty, because you will be that guy for all of your life.
[color=#000099]Even upon your death in around eighty years,, it’s the only thing you get to take with you. That actor is probably pinching pimples [/color]and worried about having a tight bum, today.
I would prob. hate his guts on sight, and knock him about till he went home to his momma. Naw, But I would want t[color=#FFFF00]o, he he! :D [/quote]

Hey Silent, tell your mother that Winter Lion says with all due respect, “She done good”

[size=14]Oh, and Silent tell her this for me too,
“BBcode was a long time coming, what a totally genuis level idea, if I had money of any consequence, I would be throwing it Jim’s way , college [/color]must be a breeze for someone with ideas instead of complaints. Kudos!
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Winter Lion

October 6th, 2004 at 2am

What’s a blog, and is it spelled right, on the banner?
Makes me a bit nervous, second cousin of the Blob?

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Winter Lion

October 6th, 2004 at 3am

Newbie,
Concerning comment #3352
Your admin may have that option turned off at that forum, if you notice,,this extension onlly shows when you are over a thread format pad, if it’s not recognized as one, no trigger for the extension. lol. Just a bluecollar man, that’s all I am!

Dont live in fear, anonymous, education is power.. Be what you are and surf in the certain knowledge that you are a Predator on the net, not food or entertainment for Maniac hackers or transvestite stalkers of young boys.

Walk tall, and never, I mean never let them see you sweat!

Winter-out

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Nickolay

October 26th, 2004 at 4pm

Is it possible to insert tags in uppercase(like in Invision Power Board)?

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Fdisk2k

November 25th, 2004 at 7am

[b]Testing[/b]

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Kaj Kandler

December 13th, 2004 at 12pm

Thanks!
What a treat for firefox, BBCoders!

My wish for addition: Have a configurable fixed code insert function. I’d like to use a few shorthands for my signature and some greatings.

K

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Xeon3D

January 11th, 2005 at 2pm

Hi.

I’m the admin of a VBulletin Forum\Site and as much as I would like to use this extension there, it’s proven impossible to do.

I believe the extension doesn’t accept vbulletin forums, only phpbb ones. (I didn’t test on any others like invision.)

Would Jed please take a look at this? Thanks.

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bibi

February 20th, 2005 at 12pm

[size=14][color=#CC9933]Okee dan.[/color][/size]
This is a [b[color=#33CCFF]]nize[/color][/b] [color=#CC33CC][size=15]Xtenzion[/size][/color]

[color=#FF9900][size=11]Finetuning [/size][/color][color=#3366FF][size=13]Firefox [/size][/color]is great [color=#CC66CC][size=16]Fun[/size][/color]

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gagast

March 7th, 2005 at 7am

[b][u][size=16][color=#33CC00]testing[/color][/size][/u][/b]

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Ginger

March 15th, 2005 at 11pm

Came accross this today in a chat room…

Adblock, gmail, and bbcode are pretty essential extensions if you forum, surf or use gmail.
I dont have the bbcode thing
I just type them
blasphemy, I know
it lets you right click and highlight to add in the bbcode, though its mostly only useful when you’re dropping copied links into it
eh, you know how easy it is to get me to learn new things, or change
http://blog.codefront.net/archives/2004/07/01/post-in-forums-a-lot-bbcode-is-for-you
oh ok ty Dyr
(later)
Dyrwen thanks again for this link
I guess I will get BB code

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maXmo

March 15th, 2005 at 11pm

check out [url=http://forum.maxthon.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=17170]B-Plugin for Maxthon[/url]. It is… Much. More. Powerful, extendable (based on javascript) and easy-to-use.

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